Athletic development specialists dedicated to the art and science of excellence in movement


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Best Athletic Development Books of 2011: Part II

For my midyear report from several months ago, please go HERE.

Interview with Jesse Armijo

Jesse Armijo recently qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials with a time of 2:17 at the California International Marathon.  As someone who works and goes to school in addition to racing at a high level, he's one of stories that make Trials such a compelling race.  You can follow Jesse's training at A Pondering Runner (http://jessearmijo.blogspot.com/). 


Quadruped Running Drills Part II: Corrections

Last week in Part I, we covered common flaws in the execution of quadruped drills.  This week we’ll begin getting into strategies to correct these flaws.  Our focus will be on the two head position flaws (neck extended and head dropped) and one related to upper body posture (rounded upper back).    

Duration Specific Training for Swimming Part III: Distance

This week we conclude our three part series on duration specific training at Swimming Science.  Our focus in this installment is on distance events and open water.  Please go HERE for the complete post.

Interview with Brandi Smith-Young, PT

Brandi Smith-Young, PT is a physical therapist and owner of Perfect 10.0 Physical Therapy in Austin, Texas.  You can learn more about her and her practice at www.perfect10physicaltherapy.com.    

1) Thanks for taking time for this interview, Brandi!  Before we get into your current practice, can you tell us about your own background as a gymnast?

Quadruped Running Drills Part I: Troubleshooting

Quadruped drills such as “donkey kicks” and “fire hydrants” are quite popular these days in the running community.  Running coaches love these drills because they are relatively easy to administer and can target the lower body without adding excess fatigue to the legs.  Plus, when big name coaches start sharing them at conferences and on popular running websites, everyone else tends to follow along with the herd.  

Duration Specific Resistance Training for Swimmers: Part II, Middle Distance

If you missed Part I (Sprints), please go HERE.

This week we address Middle Distance and how resistance training can complement the energetics of racing and training in these events.  Please go HERE for the complete post at Swimming Science.

The Nine "I's" of Running Injuries

Injuries remain a nefarious part of the running culture, despite years of scientific advancement. Gather a group of runners, and it is a virtual guarantee that everyone has been hurt. This information is less heartening when we consider that the number one predictor of future injury is past injury. When you are injured you can’t train. When you can’t train, you can’t improve.